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  • Day-by-Day Halachic Guide

    Detailed Instructions on the Laws and Customs

    of Chanukah From the Badatz of Crown Heights

    BH

    including Yud Tes-Chof Kislev, Hey Teves and Asarah BTeves

    From the 18th of Kislev thru the 13th of Teves 5775

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  • Day-by-Day Halachic Guide Kislev Teves 5775 Badatz of Crown Heights 3

    *) This guide incorporates several reminders about laws that will only be applicable during the Era of Redemption, with the hope that Moshiach will come speedily, allowing us to implement these laws in practice.

    Day-by-Day Halachic Guide

    Detailed Instructions on the Laws and Customs for the Festival of Chanukah 5775 including Yud Tes-Chof Kislev, Hey Teves and Asarah BTeves From the 18th of Kislev thru the 13th of Teves

    The following points were distilled from a series of public shiurim that were delivered by

    Horav Yosef Yeshaya Braun, member of the Badatz of Crown Heights. * THE BASIC LAWS AND CUSTOMS PRESENTED BELOW ARE DERIVED FROM MULTIPLE SOURCES. HOWEVER, DUE TO A DEARTH OF SPACE AND TIME THEY ARE PRESENTED WITHOUT THEIR REFERENCES AND HALACHIC NOTES. PRIMARY SOURCES INCLUDE: SHULCHAN ARUCH AND COMMENTARIES, SEFER HAMINHAGIM CHABAD, LUACH COLEL CHABAD, SICHOS AND IGROS KODESH. THE INTENTION OF THIS SUMMARY IS TO INFORM YOU OF SOME OF THE RELEVANT LAWS, NOT TO REPLACE EACH PERSONS OBLIGATION TO REVIEW THE HALACHOS COMPREHENSIVELY. PLEASE NOTE: SPECIFIC LAWS ARE MENTIONED ONLY THE FIRST TIME THAT THEY BECOME RELEVANT, ALTHOUGH THEY MAY APPLY TO SUBSEQUENT DATES AS WELL.

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    General Note: the times listed below are for Crown Heights only. Since one can never achieve complete precision, and many factors may influence the accuracy of these times, it is recommended to begin earlier than the time listed and not wait until the last minute (e.g., for the start of Shabbos), or to wait extra time, when that is the appropriate precaution (e.g., the close of Shabbos).

    Wednesday, Kislev 18 Tachanun is not recited during Minchah.

    Today is the yahrtzeit of the tzaddik Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak of Avrutchthe great-grandfather of the Previous Rebbe.

    Luach Colel Chabad notes: In every city, Anash gather with feasts and joy, thanking G-d for this big miracle. The day is also commemorated by the conclusion of the Talmud in every community of Chassidim and the division of its

  • 4 Day-by-Day Halachic Guide Kislev-Teves 5775 Badatz of Crown Heights study for the following year. The intent is [that] every person resolves to study a tractate of the Talmud with the intent of finishing it by Yud-Tes Kislev [of] the following year. It is also the day when the annual cycle of the study of the Tanya, as ordained by the Previous Rebbe, is begun anew.

    Todays entry in Ha-Yom Yom is its last, and is followed by a festive greeting:

    Gut Yom Tov! May you be inscribed and sealed for a

    good year in the study of Chassidus and in following the

    ways of Chassidus!

    In numerous sichos, the Rebbe discusses extending this greeting in the Hebrew singular (tikaseiv, not tikaseivu, etc.), when applicable.

    In Igros Kodesh (and similarly in numerous other sources), the Rebbe states: I suggest that on the first night, the eve of Yud-Tes Kislev, they should conduct farbrengens in many different locations. They should also inform people in those events of the next days grand farbrengen. Then, on the next evening, the eve of the twentieth of Kislev, they should all gather in one location for a grand farbrengen.

    Thursday, Kislev 19, Chag HaGeulah Today is the yahrtzeit of the Maggid of Mezritch. He

    passed away on Tuesday in the week of Parshas VayeishevKislev 19, 5533 (1772). He is buried in Anipoli.

    Today is the anniversary of the Alter Rebbes release from his first imprisonment. He was freed on Tuesday in the week of Parshas Vayeishevtowards the evening of Kislev 19, 5559 (1798).

    Today is the 200th anniversary of the rescue of the Alter Rebbes son, Horav Moshe. He was saved on the eve of Yud-Tes Kislev, in the year 5576 (a Wednesday night, just like this year).

    Yud-Tes Kislev is a day of farbrengen and taking on positive resolutions to fix times for the public study of Torah and Chassidus and for strengthening observance of the ways of Chassidusin a spirit of true brotherhood and friendship.

    On the eve of Yud-Tes Kislev 5749, the Rebbe instructed, It is obvious that todays study should begin with topics that are timelyteachings that explain the concept of this day (the laws of the day, so-to-speak). One should begin

    with the words of the Rebbe that are printed in the introduction to HaYom Yom.

    The introduction to HaYom Yom reads as follows:

    Yud-Tes Kislev is the festival on which He redeemed our soul in peace, and the light and vitality of our souls were granted to us. This day is the Rosh Hashanah for the teachings of Chassidus, which our holy forbears bequeathed to us, i.e. the teachings of the Baal Shem Tov.

    This day is the beginning of Your works, the fulfillment of the Divine intention underlying the creation of man in this worldto elicit a revelation of the light of our holy Torahs innermost dimension.

    On this day, that light is elicited in a comprehensive manner for the whole year. It is our duty on this day to awaken our hearts, the very core of our hearts, with an inward and elemental desire and willthat G-d illuminate our souls with the light of the innermost [mystical] dimension of His Torah.

    From out of the depths I called to You, G-d, to elicit the depths and inwardness of His Torah and mitzvos from the inwardness and Essence of the Infinite Light, so that it will illuminate the innermost reaches of our souls. Our entire being (i.e. our total existence, compromising its essence and extensions) will thereby be devoted to Him alone, banishing from us any natural traits that are evil or despicable. Rather, all our actions and affairs (both in our avodah, i.e. davening and Torah and mitzvos, and in the worldly undertakings that are needed to maintain the body) will be sincerely motivated by the cause of Heaven, as G-d wishes.

    May G-d the Merciful Father show us compassion and lead us along the good and righteous path and thus the righteous shall behold His Countenance.

    On Parshas Vayishlach 5752, the Rebbe instructed that in order to strongly emphasize that every person is also a mashpia, it is appropriate for each person to host his own farbrengen. He should farbreng with himself, with all ten powers of his soul. He should farbreng with his family. And he should farbreng with his friends and acquaintances. As it is stated (regarding the Redemption), He will return the hearts of fathers to the sons and the hearts of sons to their fathers Ideally, each person should participate in three farbrengens (establishing a chazakah). He should personally

  • Day-by-Day Halachic Guide Kislev Teves 5775 Badatz of Crown Heights 5 attend one farbrengen and have representatives attend two others, if all three are held simultaneously.

    Thursday Night, Eve of Kislev 20, Chag HaGeulah

    In numerous sichos, the Rebbe states that the main farbrengens and large scale events should be held on the night following Yud-Tes Kislev, i.e., on the eve of Chof Kislev.

    When Yud-Tes Kislev began on a Wednesday night in the year 5728, the Rebbe stated at a farbrengen the following evening: It is now Thursday night, when many yeshivos and other places observe mishmar [late night study programs]. It used to be the practice to remain awake [and study Torah] the entire night [each Thursday], but I am not going to be [so cruel]. Anyhow, it is not asking too much to expect that [the farbrengen] be extended [into the night], at least for as long as possible. If we are not ready to do it in the merit of Yud-Tes Kislev, then let us do so in the merit of the Thursday night custom! And if that is also not enough, then combine both merits together! [See the original source for the continuation of this discussion.]

    Along similar lines, the Rebbe stated in the year 5751 (Sefer HaSichos, vol. 1, pp. 177-8): Each year on Yud-Tes Kislev, it is customary to hold chassidishe farbrengens in every possible location Especially as this year, Yud-Tes Kislev occurs on a Thursday. [In a footnote, the Rebbe points out that during Creation, the blessing of the fish (multiplicity) was issued on the fifth day of the week (see Kesuvos 5a).] This makes it far easier for us to hold at least three farbrengens on three consecutive days. We have the eve and day of Thursday, Yud-Tes Kislev, followed by the eve and day of Friday, Chof Kislev (customarily, this is when we hold the main Yud-Tes Kislev farbrengens), and then the eve and day of Shabbos, the twenty-first of Kislev. This way, we have a chazakah of three consecutive days of chassidishe farbrengens associated